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PURPOSE We evaluated the correlation between pulmonary venous (PV) anatomy and acute and long-term success of PV isolation (PVI) with two balloon-based ablation catheter techniques. METHODS One hundred consecutive patients were analyzed in two equal groups treated with either the second-generation cryoballoon (CRYO) catheter or the visually guided laser(More)
Early recognition of collapsing hemodynamics in pulmonary embolism is necessary to avoid cardiac arrest using aggressive medical therapy or mechanical cardiac support. The aim of the study was to identify the maximal acute hemodynamic compensatory steady state. Overall, 40 dynamic obstructions of pulmonary artery were performed and hemodynamic data were(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between extracorporeal blood flow (EBF) and left ventricular (LV) performance during venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) therapy. Five swine (body weight 45 kg) underwent VA ECMO implantation under general anesthesia and artificial ventilation. Subsequently, acute cardiogenic shock(More)
We aimed to compare three-dimensional (3D) and two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography in the evaluation of patients with recent myocardial infarction (MI), using late-enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (LE-MRI) as a reference method. Echocardiography and LE-MRI were performed approximately 1 month after first-time MI in 58 patients. Echocardiography was(More)
BACKGROUND The study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of a new method for direct echocardiographic quantification of the myocardial infarct size, using late enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (LE-MRI) as a reference method. METHODS AND RESULTS Echocardiography and LE-MRI were performed on average 31 days after first-time myocardial infarction(More)
The aim of the study was to detect changes of the QT dispersion (QTd) due to cardiotoxicity of tricyclic antidepressant dosulepin. Electrocardiographic and body surface potential mapping (BSPM) recordings were obtained using Cardiag 112.2 diagnostic system from 27 psychiatric outpatients treated with prophylactic doses of dosulepin and compared to those(More)
Extracorporeal membranous oxygenation (ECMO) is increasingly used in the management of refractory cardiac arrest. Our aim was to investigate early effects of ECMO after prolonged cardiac arrest. In fully anesthetized swine (48 kg, N=18) ventricular fibrillation (VF) was induced and untreated period (20 min) of cardiac arrest commenced, followed by 60 min(More)
Mild therapeutic hypothermia (MTH) is being used after cardiac arrest for its expected improvement in neurological outcome. Safety of MTH concerning inducibility of malignant arrhythmias has not been satisfactorily demonstrated. This study compares inducibility of ventricular fibrillation (VF) before and after induction of MTH in a whole body swine model(More)